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Westwood: Strength In Unity

Ashley Westwood salutes team spirit as Clarets look to seal seventh spot

27 April 2018

Ashley Westwood believes the character of the Clarets’ squad has been a big factor behind Burnley’s success this season.

Sean Dyche’s men head into Saturday’s visit of Brighton in seventh place in the Premier League and with the possibility of sealing a place in Europe.

Westwood has played a big part in recent weeks in helping the Clarets put together a run of just one defeat in eight games.

And after slotting seamlessly into central midfield after a patient wait to earn a starting spot, the former Aston Villa man believes squad unity has been key to putting Sean Dyche’s men on the brink of making history.  

Westwood said: “The closeness of the squad is how we have got to where we are now and the togetherness has really drawn up something special.

“The team spirit is incredible. Every time someone comes into the group, they just adapt to it.

“We all get along really well and we all like the same things. You can’t always put your finger on it but I think a lot of the work is in the scouting area and they do a lot of work on the characters who come in.

“It is like being in a family. I have been through some bad dressing rooms in my time, but to come here it is really refreshing.”

The Clarets still have work to do to secure seventh spot and a first place in Europe for over 50 years.

If they do get there it could potentially mean a greater workload next season.

But Westwood believes Burnley could cope if given the opportunity and is looking to finish the season strongly to carry some momentum beyond the summer.

He added: “We are working hard as a group to try and get as many points as we can and take it forward into next season.

“If we were to get into Europe we want to take the challenge and hopefully prove people wrong.

“A lot of us have been used to playing a lot of games in a season, like when I was at Crewe playing 60 games in a season.

We are not getting carried away because we are not over the line yet. We are just enjoying the run at the minute and hopefully long may that continue.”

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